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Lewis Hamilton makes rare paddock confession over British Grand Prix victory

Lewis Hamilton makes rare paddock confession over British Grand Prix victory
Lewis Hamilton makes rare paddock confession over British Grand Prix victory

In tears after his British GP victory, Lewis Hamilton revealed that when he saw Rubens Barrichello cry he thought he never would, but Silverstone hit “hard”.

945 days after his last Formula 1 Grand Prix victory, Hamilton made history at Silverstone on Sunday when the Briton became the first driver to win the same race nine times.

Lewis Hamilton finally had his Rubens Barrichello moment at Silverstone

Hamilton managed to fend off an attack from Max Verstappen in the closing stages of the race and crossed the finish line with a lead of 1.4 seconds, taking his first race victory since their battle for the 2021 world title.

It was an emotional moment for the Mercedes driver, more emotional than he ever thought possible. He said it was the first time in his legendary career that he had cried after the win.

“It’s surreal,” he said Air F1. “My heart is pounding.

“I’ve had so many great moments here in the past, but when I crossed the line, it triggered something in me that I’ve been carrying around for a long time.

“It was the most emotional end to a victory I have ever experienced. I always wondered why I never cried! You see Rubens Barrichello cry and I thought ‘that won’t happen to me’, but it hit me hard.”

Hamilton was in tears and enjoying the moment as he heard Mercedes on the radio. On the way back to the pits, Hamilton got a big hug from his father Anthony in the parc fermé. The tears just kept coming.

“I’m still crying,” he told Jenson Button in the post-race interview in front of the crowd at Silverstone.

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“I think since 2021 I get up every day, try to fight, train, put my mind to the task and work as hard as I can with this great team.

“This is my last race here, the British Grand Prix, with this team, so I really wanted to win it for them because I love them and appreciate them so much, all the hard work they have put in over the years.

“I am eternally grateful to everyone in this team, everyone at Mercedes and all our partners. And I want to thank you all for being here with us today.”

His emotional reaction was applauded, with Dutch expert Jack Plooij saying that Formula 1 was seeing “the real Lewis again”.

He told Ziggo Sport: “He did everything he could. This is his 150th podium for Mercedes.

“I’ve never, ever seen him cry, and we’ve had the pleasure of working with him in the paddock for a long time.

“He had a lot of emotion. I’ve never seen that with Lewis. From a modest boy he’s become a bit of a diva, but here he showed the real Lewis again. Fantastic.”

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